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How to define common word for health places?

I have these words : Public hospitals - Pharmacy store - Doctors clinic - Gym club training & gym supplements store - Makeup artist room & store. Is there a common word for : store-clinic-...
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Without getting hit and being hit

I will try to cross the street without getting hit or being hit by a car Which one is more common?
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Officiating speech or official speech [closed]

Is there such a word phrase called officiating speech or is it an official speech? The speech is delivered in order to officiate a ceremony. I've heard of inaugural speeches, though. I'm not sure if ...
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Common word for image and video frames

I've been looking for a common word for image and video frames but I could not come up with anything other than picture. But I am not sure if picture really refers to video frame. The word image ...
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First attempt at solving a problem

Say you have a problem to solve. It might be a complex one with lots of scenarios to be considered. For simplicity you start by only considering the simplest scenarios that comes to mind and make a ...
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Is there a hypernym of actual & basic [price / weight]?

Is there a hypernym of 'actual' & 'basic' in this usage? For example: The actual price can be higher than the basic price because of fees etc. or The actual weight can be higher ...
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What is the common term for Accidents (Roadside, plus house damages, building damages)

It may seem silly, but being a non-native English speaker (and writer), I find it difficult sometimes to choose appropriate words for my writing. Can someone help me to find a COMMON word for all ...
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Omission of definite article before common nouns in pairs

I am well aware that the usage of, or the omission of, the definite article "the" has been a frequently asked question, here and elsewhere. I have read up on existing questions on this matter. (But I ...
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What word do we use to say that something is so easily available or commonly prevalent?

If I have to say that: "potatoes are so commonly available in that place that every random shop you visit has a store of them as if its their staple food." Or if I have to say: "it is so cold ...
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Are “after” and “before” inclusive or exclusive in common everyday language usage

In normal everyday language use: following examples exhibit a)Date of birth is after 13/2/2017 exhibit b)Date of birth is before 13/2/2017 does (a) mean 13/2/2017 is also included? (b) mean 13/...
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What is a word for a very insignificant or small accident?

What is the word for very small bad luck or mishap or accident? An example would be like when you get a gravy stain on your shirt while having breakfast. Another example could be, a funny and awkward, ...
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How does a non-dictionary word become a dictionary word

There are so many dictionaries and so many words. How do new words appear in dictionaries? If a a word appears in one dictionary can it be counted to be a dictionary word, an official one that anyone ...
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Which is the correct usage - “ the line is breaking off ” or “ the line is breaking up”?

When you are having a conversation over the phone and the voice keeps getting cut off because of poor signal strength, what is the appropriate term for it?
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Which indefinite number is most common in AmE? [closed]

Which indefinite number having the suffix '-illion' is the most common one in American English in colloquial speech? I don't see how I could possibly arrive at the answer using the Internet. The ...
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Is it correct to use “climb down the stairs” in a sentence? [closed]

I was walking with my friend and when he went to take the lift to ground floor from the third floor, I suggested to him, "Let's at least climb down the stairs"; the word down taking some extra stress, ...
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Hashtag vs hash/tag

Recently, I was listening to a person state "I know X has happened because I wrote the code for it". I wanted to call them out for citation in the vein of pics or it didn't happen. Since I was asking ...
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Where can we find a list of English words classified by frequency of use? [closed]

I need at least the first 10 000 most commonly used words, but more would be better. It’s not a problem if the list is a little imprecise.
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What are common words called, such as “the”, “and”, “to” etc? [closed]

I remember there was a fancier term for these common words, that search engines ignore.
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Common term for Source & Destination

What is the hypernym of Destination & Source? For example, The information will be verified to fit all relevant criteria at all [source and destination points].
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If or since, does it make a difference?

In these sentences below, does it makes a difference if I replace if with since? 1)If you are unemployed, why did you leave your last job? 2)If you are innocent, why did you flee? 3)If you are a ...
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What is the definition of “excessive”?

I am really confused. From dictionary.com, excessive means going before the usual or necessary. So does "excessive comforts" mean too many comforts, more than what is necessary, or equal to "too ...
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Which English words are commonly misused by non-native English speakers? [closed]

It's quite easy to find lists of commonly misused words. They are all over the internet. But it's not clear which of them are the MOST commonly misused words. This article says that there are 38 ...
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“I'd done…” vs “I had done…”

Is the former less common for native English speakers because it kinda sound like I done? I'm basing this assumption on Ngrams. But I may be wrong. Example sentences: Plus, I was ashamed to admit, ...
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Do people in Colorado typically say “attorney” or “lawyer?”

I'm interested to know if people in the Colorado area say attorney or lawyer more frequently.
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Is knowledge of the meaning of the word “ubiquity” ubiquitously considered to be ubiquitous? [closed]

Please pardon the pun. I was in a conversation on a game’s online chat, talking about how common an item was, and used the word “ubiquitous” to describe it. But, much to my surprise, the point of ...
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Is there a more general word for velocitized?

Velocitized, meaning being accustomed to high driving speeds and feeling like normal speeds are slower than they actually are afterwards, seems like such a useful word to apply in different situations....
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Is there a common word for floor and ceiling?

Walls divide rooms but what do you call what divides stories? Looking from below it would be the ceiling, looking from above it would be the floor. But when looking at it from the outside? Is there a ...
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Gill or Branchia

I am writing a dialog and I need to mention Gills (or Branchias), the respiratory organ of animals like fish. I was wondering which one would be more common or casual in English speech (say, in the ...
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Correct use of year/years old [closed]

On my profile I wrote: I'm 19 years old developer. my friend respectfully corrected me and said that this is correct form: I'm 19 year old developer. Why is that so?
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Synonym for the word “time card”

I'm looking for a synonym for the word "time card" or "clock card". I try to find a word for a card with which you can track your work times on a certain device your employe installs for its workers. ...
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Is there a word or an expression that describes the bad mood caused by bad weather?

"Gloomy" comes to my mind naturally for God knows what reason. I'm not sure it's appropriate or not. Maybe some even better words or expressions?
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Is the phrase “the subcontinent” well understood?

In the past, I have used the phrase "the subcontinent" in conversations but it has not always been clear if people know what I'm talking about. I find it a useful term as it covers (amongst others) ...
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Correct usage of FAQ

FAQ stands for 'Frequently asked questions', with the plural being implicit in the acronym FAQ. But it is common to see the word 'FAQs' being used, which treat the word FAQ as an object in itself, and ...
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How common is “fugly”?

"Fugly" is a vulgar slang adjective as far as I know, and I wonder how common it is, and how do people react when they hear that word. Native speakers are appreciated if they share their opinions.
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How well known is the word “butler”? [closed]

I'm about to launch a new web service, and currently we're still looking for a name. I thought it would be nice to call it a "digital butler" - my collaborator from Dubai, however, pointed out, that a ...